Since joining Portland Monthly’s editorial team in 2010, Marty has covered a little of everything, including politics, beer, pop culture, tech, design, sports, video games, and history. Among his many other duties things, he writes the monthly backpage column, The Shakedown.

Born and raised in Germany as a Burmese-American—confusing, we know!—Marty arrived in Portland in 2005 after a stop in Los Angeles. He completed an MA in History at Portland State, where he got way into Derrida. When he’s not writing or editing, you can find him producing weird electronic music, cooking, or standing in the Timbers Army. 

Design

Osmose Design Has Transformed Montavilla’s Lazy Susan Into a Retro, Cozy Diner

It's not quite midcentury, but it's comfy.

03/26/2021 By Marty Patail

Design

A Traditional West Hills Ranch Shows Its Wild Side

Portland design firm Penny Black brought in clean surfaces, big windows, and bright splashes of lime green.

03/20/2021 By Marty Patail

Design

3 New Portland Books that Just Look Good

Impress your friends by sporting these new book on your coffee table—but you should also read them too.

03/19/2021 By Marty Patail

Work

Need a Quiet Office? You Can Rent a Daytime-Only Hotel Room

Pretend you have an office to drag yourself to.

03/15/2021 By Marty Patail

Winter

So Your Power's Out in Portland. Now What?

Here's what to do—and what not to do—while you wait for the lights to come back on.

02/15/2021 By Julia Silverman

Food & Politics

Rangoon Bistro’s Alex Saw on Myanmar’s Military Takeover

“This is our last fight. We’re not going to give up.”

02/11/2021 By Marty Patail

Food Carts

12 Portland Food Cart Pods with Covered Outdoor Seating

Don’t let the rain ruin your food cart adventures. Some of these have heaters, too!

01/29/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Gabriel Granillo

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Rose City Park

An epic park for dog-lovers, indoor soccer for young and old, and prime rib for serious carnivores

01/29/2021 By Marty Patail

Books

Powell's Will Continue to Sell Andy Ngo's Book Online

Some are calling for the book's removal from the site, citing harassment and online abuse by Ngo.

01/13/2021 By Marty Patail

Election

Senators Wyden and Merkley React to the Violence at the US Capitol

After terrorists invaded the Capitol, Oregon's senators condemned the violence.

01/06/2021 By Marty Patail and Fiona McCann

Glamping

4 Great Options for Trailers, Yurts, and Cabins at the Coast

Yurts and cabins in some coastal state parks reopen in January, with a 30-day reservation window.

01/02/2021 By Eden Dawn, Marty Patail, and Margaret Seiler

Editor's Note

From the Editor: Some Like It Hot

Enjoying winter … while we can.

12/22/2020 By Marty Patail

Design

A Stunning, Storybook Open Entryway Brightens This West Hills Midcentury Home

“I like to think of it as a narrative entry,” Stewart Horner says.

12/15/2020 By Marty Patail

Design

How Oregon Is Fighting Wildfires with Technology

From night vision cameras to satellites to the humble iPhone, a look behind the scenes

12/14/2020 By Marty Patail

Coronavirus

An Oregon Scientist Breaks Down His Suddenly Hot Profession

As we move into a new year, how will epidemiology play a role in our understanding of the coronavirus and infectious diseases?

12/06/2020 By Marty Patail

Light a Fire

When COVID-19 Put Oregon’s Families in Deep Need, This Venture Nonprofit Changed Overnight to Help

Within days of COVID-19’s official arrival in Oregon in late winter, the Contingent sensed an urgent need for help among its foster families.

12/02/2020 By Marty Patail

Soccer

The Timbers Are in the Playoffs Again, Baby

First up: a game at home against FC Dallas on Sunday, November 22

11/21/2020 By Marty Patail

Comics

Meet Miles Morales, the New, Portland-Born Spider-Man

With help from Polygon comics editor Susan Polo, we untangle the web of Miles's complicated origin story.

11/19/2020 By Marty Patail

Food Listings

Put These New Portland Food Spots on Your Radar

Bring some delicious diversion into your life with these new eateries.

10/10/2020 By Karen Brooks, Katherine Chew Hamilton, and Marty Patail

Editor's Note

Giving Thanks for the Things We Can Still Appreciate

2020 isn’t built for gratitude. But maybe it’s possible to take a dose of the good with the bad.

10/02/2020 By Marty Patail